A.J. Brown canceled Nashville youth camp to avoid fans threatening his peace
Wide receiver A.J. Brown explained Friday that he recently canceled his inaugural youth football camp in Nashville due to continuing harassment from fans following his trade from the Tennessee Titans to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brown feels hosting the football camp would leave him exposed to physical altercations he'd come to regret.
"I'm so sorry I let down your kids and many others but I will not put myself in a place where my peace is going to be threatened by adults who feel a way because I was traded," Brown said in a statement. "I'm every bad word (there) is for taking care of my family! If you're not aware just look on social media."
He added: "People can disrespect me on social media and that's fine, but being disrespectful to my face is (a whole other) thing and I'm not tolerating it on any level."
The Titans stunningly sent Brown to the Eagles for a first- and third-round pick on April 28 after Tennessee and the wideout failed to agree on a contract extension. The 24-year-old, who led the Titans in receiving in each of the last three seasons, then inked a four-year, $100-million deal with Philadelphia.
"Forgive me for not putting myself in a place where my peace could be threatened because if something happens and I react, I'm the one who has everything to lose, and (I'm) not willing to risk my peace, my family, or my job."
The youth football camp was to take place at Montgomery Bell Academy on June 18 for boys and girls from Grades 1-8, according to Titans Wire's Mike Moraitis.
Brown canceled the event in April shortly after the trade, Moraitis adds.
"I would love to make (everyone's) children's day but not if I'm putting my own at risk," Brown added Friday.
The one-time Pro Bowler has racked up 185 catches for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 regular-season appearances since the Titans selected him in the second round in 2019.